Feb 25, 2007
I tested positive last year. I believe I was infected 14 months ago. My first two labs were CD4 400 / VL 86,000; CD4 386 / VL 185,000. Based on my viral load, my doctor recommends starting treatment. I wasn't expecting this this so soon. So my questions: 1) How unusual is this? 2) Is an early high viral load indicative of a drug resistant strain? 3) Does my viral load suggest that I won't be responsive to treatment? Thanks for your answer.
Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for your post.
1) It's not unusual at all to have a CD4 count below 400 soon after infection.
3) Current treatments are very effective, even among persons with high (>100,000) viral loads.
Hope this helps, BY
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